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May 4  |  Nick Patterson
The WHL bantam draft, which this year enters the new millennium as it disperses players born in 2000 among the WHL's 22 teams, takes place Thursday.



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April 29  |  Nick Patterson
The 2005 offseason was a huge one for the Silvertips. There was a steady stream of headline-making news that took place, including the resignation of general manager Doug Soetaert and the signing of Peter Mueller. I took about six vacation days total that offseason, yet all of the big news just happened to break on my off days, so I missed most of it.

This offseason could bring an equal amount of big news. I'm planning on taking a whole lot more vacation this offseason,...

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April 28  |  Nick Patterson
On Monday I wrote about the uncertainty surrounding Everett this offseason. There's all kinds of speculation about who will be here next season. That includes the questions about who will be back from this season's team, and I'll discuss those in depth below.

But lost in the shuffle has been one important question: Who will provide leadership next season?

Everett had a tremendous leadership group this season. The overage trio of Kohl Bauml, Ben Betker and...

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April 27  |  Nick Patterson
How good will the Silvertips be in 2015-16?

I haven't a clue.

Usually when a season ends it's pretty easy to project to the next season. There's usually a good idea about who's coming back, and there's usually a good idea about who's coming in. That doesn't necessarily mean those offseason projections are going to be right. Everett was projected to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the U.S. Division this season, but ended up winning the division title. That's the...

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April 26  |  Nick Patterson
When the WHL announced its all-star teams and awards finalists the week before the playoffs began, I went on an uncharacteristic rant.

That afternoon I was essentially out the door and headed to Everett's practice when I checked my e-mail one last time and found the WHL's press release in my inbox. I took a quick glance at the release and decided I was going to be late for practice. Everett was...

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April 25  |  Nick Patterson
Was the trio of Kohll Bauml, Ben Beker and Brayden Low the best overage group in Silvertips franchise history? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, it was a good group. Bauml scored 30 goals and was named the team's MVP. Betker was a horse on defense and earned an NHL contract. Low was as good a character guy as one could ask for. But as a group they probably didn't have quite as much impact on the game as a couple previous groups, including last season's trio of Joshua Winquist,...

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April 24  |  Nick Patterson
I've been doing this a long time.

I was hired by the Herald in 2003 specifically to cover the new hockey team that was about to start play, so I've been here from the beginning. I had the good fortune to witness first-hand Everett's magical inaugural season, as well as the success that followed through the franchise's first four seasons.

But the last time Everett actually won anything was 2007, when the Tips won both the U.S. Division title and the Scotty Munro...

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April 22  |  Nick Patterson
Every season I wrap up Everett's season with a series of essays, ruminating on the season that just ended and the one to come. I'm still finishing up with the season-concluding stories for the paper, but as soon as those are done I'll begin the blog series.

Therefore, here's a tentative schedule for the season-ending blog series:



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April 20  |  Nick Patterson
Everett held its exit meetings with its players today. Here's some notes:

- One Everett player's season isn't done yet. Defenseman Ben Betker will be joining the Oklahoma City Barons, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, for their playoff run. Betker, a sixth-round pick by Edmonton in the 2013 NHL draft, signed with the Oilers just as the playoffs were beginning.



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April 19  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

The Tips had one helluva 2014-15 season, but it came to an end Sunday. Everett gave everything it had in this one, responding after falling behind 3-1 and putting on a tremendous push in the the third period. But Portland held on to claim the series 4-1.

Everett really could have folded after Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in the second period to put Portland ahead 3-1. But credit to the Tips, they stuck with it, got back within...

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April 19  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Wegleitner, Nikolishin, Scherbak, Gerth?

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie, Juulsen?

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 17  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

This was one the Tips really needed to win. Everett came out much stronger than it did in Game 3, and Portland's top players weren't quite at their best. If ever there was a combination of circumstances where the Tips could win one on the road, this was it.

But for all the quality scoring chances Everett had in the first period -- it was more than the Tips had in the entirety of Game 3, even including the three garbage-time goals...

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April 17  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Wegleitner, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 16  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

This game felt a lot like the Everett-Portland games of yore, when the Winterhawks routinely blew right through the Tips. The Winterhawks controlled play, and when Portland's big offensive guns got going they broke out in a big way. This one wasn't nearly as close as the final score suggests as the Winterhawks outshot the Tips 36-19 and led 5-0 before Everett scored three late ones.

And yet the Tips were two minutes away from...

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April 16  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Leedahl, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 15  |  Nick Patterson
Everett announced Wednesday it has signed prospect forward Brian King to a WHL education contract.



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April 13  |  Nick Patterson
We're in the middle of the long break between Games 2 and 3 in the second-round playoff series between Everett and Portland, with building conflicts in Portland creating four full off days between Saturday's Game 2 in Everett and Thursday's Game 3 in Portland.

There are several theories about how the unusual long break will affect the teams:



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April 11  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

Another night, another game of multiple overtimes. That's just par for the course for Everett in these playoffs. It's great entertainment, but it makes life complicated for the beat writer.

This was a quality contest that could have gone either way. But inevitably it was Oliver Bjorkstrand who won it for Portland. The Tips kept the league's scoring champion pointless through the first seven periods of the series, but Bjorkstrand...

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April 11  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Wegleitner, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 10  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

The big question heading into this series was whether Everett's short-handed defense could hold up against Portland's explosive duo of Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nicolas Petan. But it was actually Everett's offense that sprinted out of the gate. The Tips took a 2-0 lead in the first period and easily could have scored four. Then Everett scored again early in the second to go up 3-0. That was pretty much the difference in the game. Portland...

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April 10  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Wegleitner, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 10  |  Nick Patterson
In preparation for Friday night's Game 1 between Everett and Portland, here's a memorable moment from the past between the teams at Xfinity Arena.



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April 9  |  Nick Patterson
Just a couple quick things today:



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April 9  |  Nick Patterson
Everett vs. Portland head-to-head:

RECORDS

Everett
Regular season record: 43-20-3-6, 95 points, first in U.S. Division
First round: defeated Spokane 4-2, series ended with a 2-1 triple-overtime victory Tuesday at Spokane

Portland
Regular season record: 43-34-2-4, 92 points, second in U.S. Division
First round: defeated Seattle 4-2, series ended with a 5-4 overtime victory Tuesday...

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April 8  |  Nick Patterson
Here's the schedule for the second-round playoff series between Everett and Portland:



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April 8  |  Nick Patterson
Quick thoughts before hitting the road ... Here's some quick thoughts before I start the drive back from Spokane:

- This has truly been a season of slaying dragons for the Tips. End eight-year banner drought? Check. Win first playoff series in eight years? Check. It's been a cathartic season for Everett, and that's somewhat surprising considering the Tips were generally expected to finish around third in the U.S. Division this season.

- In case there was any question, the Spokane curse is truly done and...

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April 8  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

Wow.

That was epic. The players were out on their feet. I'm out on my feet. So even though this was an incredible game -- the longest in Silvertips franchise history -- this is going to be short and sweet.

Everett came 5.4 seconds away from winning this in regulation, only to have it snatched away late for the second straight game. Then the Tips played the entirety of the two-plus overtimes with just four defensemen as...

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April 7  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Juulsen, Betker, Pfeifer, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 6  |  Nick Patterson
It's Monday afternoon and we have yet to hear from the WHL regarding whether Spokane defenseman Evan Fiala will be suspended for his kneeing major penalty from Saturday's Game 5.



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April 4  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

How to sum this one up?

Everett came 2:18 away from ending the series, but it's hard to say the Tips would have deserved to win it tonight.

Everett had the favor of the calls through the first two periods, building a 3-2 lead. But we saw the Tips have stretches during the regular season where they went into defensive shells when holding third-period leads, completely surrendering the initiative. That's what happened...

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